Coast Guard, local agencies to conduct pollution training exercise in Hartford County

5th Coast Guard District NewsBALTIMORE — The Coast Guard, Port Partners from the Susquehanna River Basin and at least six other agencies will be conducting a full-scale pollution exercise Wednesday and Thursday.

The Incident Command Post will be held in the Harford County Emergency Operations Center, where responders will work across local, state and federal boundaries to coordinate financial, logistical, public information and response planning. In addition, operations will feature multiple boats on the water, practicing spill containment, water intake protection, wildlife rescue, oil skimming, and the establishment of a safety zone. The exercise helps federal, state, local and industry partners align response strategies, objects and priorities to better prepare responses to complex maritime incidents.

Agencies participating include Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Maryland State Historic Preservation Office, Maryland State Police-Natural Resources, Maryland Transportation State Police, and Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research and other federal, state and local stakeholders.

“This exercise provides a tremendous opportunity for maritime professionals from across the Chesapeake River basin to practice our inter-agency spill response while safeguarding our community, our environment and maritime infrastructure,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Mike Batchelder, the acting Incident Commander for this exercise.

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